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Iommi Working On 20th Anniversary Edition of Sabbath’s ‘Forbidden’

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is hoping to revive a bit of the group's past this year -- specifically its 1995 album Forbidden.

Iommi has posted a note on his Facebook page saying that he's been reminded "that June is the 20th anniversary of 'Forbidden.' I really like the album, but I was never happy with the overall sound, so I'm going to re-mix it before it comes out again. Can't say when, too much going on right now."

Forbidden was Black Sabbath's last studio album before 2013's Grammy Award-winning 13 reunion with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler; the album featured Tony Martin on vocals, Cozy Powell on drums and a guest appearance by rapper Ice-T on the track "The Illusion of Power."

The album was a commercial failure, not even charting on the Billboard 200, and Iommi told the Black Sabbath fanzine Southern Cross that the album was plagued by the band members' disinterest, noting that, "One of the problems was we weren't all there at the same time, when we were writing it...It ended up just being Tony Martin, (keyboardist) Geoff Nicholls and myself just jamming around and putting ideas down. It all came together very quickly and we didn't have time to reflect, make sure it was the right songs and the right way of doing it."

Iommi, Osbourne and Butler are reportedly hatching plans for one more Black Sabbath album and a final tour in 2016, though no specific details have been announced. 



Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.